London Sustainable Development Commission - Energy

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The London Sustainable Development Commission website includes the following statement:

"The LSDC is exploring a range of issues related to energy in the capital including the sustainability and energy efficiency of tall buildings and the development of decentralised energy schemes. This stream will aim to make recommendations for further action by the end of the year."

These recommendations were to be released by the end of 2015. When will this study and recommendations now be published?


Answer for London Sustainable Development Commission - Energy

Answer for London Sustainable Development Commission - Energy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The current work programme of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) is focused on clean technology and innovation (including efforts to accelerate the growth of low carbon industries in the capital), the circular economy (where waste is no longer considered just rubbish, but a resource of raw materials that has economic value) and decentralised energy (concerning the sustainability of high density, residential buildings and a more systems-based approach to infrastructure development).

I have asked my new Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Energy and officers to review the future direction of the LSDC.  Initial discussions have been positive recognising that the LSDC can help support activity that focuses on all the three pillars of sustainable development.  In addition, I have asked for a review of the terms of reference and membership of the LSDC. 

As part of its work on tall buildings, the Commission identified the Housing Design Awards (HDAs) run by Design for Homes as an effective umbrella under which a new award could be created - a Special Award for Sustainability in Tall Buildings. This award was won in July 2016 by The Scene - a development in Walthamstow of 121 flats and houses built over a multiplex cinema and 5 restaurants. Plans to disseminate the learnings from the awards are being reviewed as part of the general review of the LSDC.